I’m giving link spammers what they asked for

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In the three weeks since I posted the notice on my site about link building, I’ve received lots of link solicitations. Now it’s time to give them what they want. First: why do I classify emails asking for links or a contributed article to be spam? Because: You’ve paid no attention to what is on … Continued

20 insights from an analyst writing marketing copy

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I am writing a lot of marketing copy lately. I’ve noticed some things you might find helpful. Here’s what I’m currently writing and editing: Marketing description for a book on management. Marketing description for a book on the future of transportation. Articles about corporate AI strategy for an author. Blog posts announcing an AI-focused startup. … Continued

COVID-19 pitches you can totally rip off

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We keep getting emails and pitches from everyone we’ve ever done business with. And they all start the same way . . . “In these unprecedented times . . . “ “I hope you are well . . . “ We can do better. I can do better. So, in the interests of variety, I’m … Continued

Meaty wisdom

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A new analytical voice has appeared on Twitter. Here’s a little of what they shared yesterday: just gonna come out and say it: vulnerable people are always the most susceptible to propaganda, misinformation, and conspiracy, especially in times of cultural anxiety, and if there is a way to help them out of these traps, targeted … Continued

If you can’t sell right now, you may as well be generous

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Coronavirus has frozen your business in place. Nobody’s buying. Nobody’s even able to buy. What should you do? Be generous. Give stuff away to your customers. It’s simple. The only real asset you still have is customer relationships. You also have workers — unless you’ve let them go — and those workers are used to … Continued

Yes, you can market in these trying times #OpenWeStand

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TV spots and other advertising right now are mostly wasted. Consumers view your normal ads for normal products against a backdrop that is not remotely normal. People are shut up in their houses; people are dying. This is not a time to get people to test drive SUVs or open a new credit card or … Continued